In 2015 Aprecia got their first 3D printed drug product approved by the FDA. The technology used to print an oral dose drug is called Powder-liquid three-dimensional printing (3DP) and was already developped in the late 1980’s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The principle is simple: An aqueous fluid binds together multiple layers of powder in a layer-by-layer process. This new technology promises to enable delivery of high-dose medications in a rapidly disintegrating form.
Is this the future of drug manufacturing?